A new survey out today by the Pew Research Forum shows that more Americans than ever before (72%) think religion is losing its influence on society… and, for some reason, many of them think that’s a bad thing. Don’t get too excited. What that’s saying is that a lot of Americans *wish* religion had more [Read More…]
Americans United: Teen Who Took Pic of Himself Getting Blown by Jesus Statue Doesn’t Deserve “Desecration” Charge
I posted a couple of times now about a 14-year-old boy from Pennsylvania who thought it would be hilarious to take pictures with a local Jesus statue as if he were getting a mock-blowjob from the Lord:
He’s currently facing two years in prison for this supposed desecration, a charge that is wildly out of proportion for what he did. As I said before, I don’t condone his actions, but bad taste and immaturity aren’t crimes.
Today, Americans United for Separation of Church and State sent a letter to Bedford County District Attorney William Higgins (who has an interesting past of his own) urging him not to prosecute this child:
Michigan State House Candidate Responds to Bigoted Survey Questions with Incredible Letter Defending LGBT Rights
How do I know that?
It starts with a despicable survey he received from the conservative group Public Advocate. While some of the questions asked him to affirm his stance against marriage equality — hardly a surprise — the others went waaaaay overboard:
Last week, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the author of Infidel and Nomad and a critic of Islam, spoke at Yale University. It didn’t happen without conflict, though. More than 35 groups, including the Yale Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics signed an open letter expressing their disappointment in the invitation.
The letter asked that Hirsi Ali’s speech be restricted to only her personal experiences (as if Hirsi Ali wasn’t qualified to speak about Islam as a whole) and called for another speaker with “academic credentials” to also be invited (as if Hirsi Ali’s lack of a Ph.D. had any bearing on her message).
Australian police officers claim to have prevented terrorist bloodshed with the arrest of Omarjan Azari. The cops acted after a senior member of the so-called Islamic State was reportedly found to be urging terrorist cells in Australia to behead one or more victims.
It is alleged he conspired to commit the act with another man, Mohammad Baryalei, a former Sydney bouncer and actor of Afghan origin, reportedly an Islamic State leader. … The attorney general, George Brandis, said … that he believed the atrocities would have gone ahead, had it not been for the intervention of the security services, the Australian federal police and forces from Queensland and New South Wales.